Multiple Gauchos Selected to Participate in NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships

Photo by Josh Barber
Photo by Josh Barber

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara men's tennis team will be well represented at the 2019 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships singles and doubles portion of the tournament this year thanks to a strong slate headed by senior co-captains Anders Hom and Nicolas Moreno de Alboran while also including junior Joseph Guillin.

Moreno de Alboran, currently ranked No. 16, and Joseph Guillin, ranked No. 58, represent UCSB in the singles portion of the NCAA's. This is the first time in program history that the Gauchos have more than one athlete competing at the NCAA singles championships. Additionally, Moreno de Alboran is one of the top 16 players earning him a seed from the tournament. His slot is yet to be determined, but he will be in between the 9-16 seedings.

This is the New York native's second appearance in the NCAA singles championship as last year Moreno de Alboran nearly pulled off a huge upset bid against top-seeded Martin Redlicki from UCLA before ultimately falling 2-6, 6-4, 7-5. Last year, the senior also became the first UCSB athlete to win an NCAA Singles Tournament match since 1995. Overall, the Gauchos have only won five singles matches at the NCAA singles championships. 

As for Guillin, he enters the field as an at-large bid thanks to a great season that saw him go 22-10 overall and 10-6 in dual-match play. The junior has accumulated a stunning 41-12 record in singles as a Gaucho and an even 6-6 when playing ranked opponents. 

As for Holm, he will be participating alongside Moreno de Alboran in the doubles portion of the tournament. The No. 89 ranked pairing in the country follow in the footsteps of former teammates Morgan Mays and Simon Freund as they made an appearance back in 2017. 

Holm and Moreno de Alboran have caught fire as of late winning their last eight matchups and holding a record of 11-6 in dual-match play.

The singles and doubles competition will be conducted May 20-25 at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida, after the conclusion of the team championship, which runs from May 16-19. The University of Central Florida and the Greater Orlando Sports Commission will serve as hosts.

Before that, however, UCSB will begin its team championship run at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 3 against No. 24 Texas Tech. The host site is Stanford University.